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Principal Hayley appoints first F&B development director

10 November 2008 by

Principal Hayley Group, the hotel and conference venue operator, has appointed its first food and beverage development director in a bid to step up its food offering across its 21 sites.

Mark Staples, who joins from purchasing company Acquire Services, will be responsible for rolling out a new bar and restaurant brand - Tempus - to the conference venues.

The first Tempus will launch at Cranage Hall in Cheshire where the group has spent £800,000 renovating its restaurant and bar areas.

Staples said: "I also have ambitious plans for all the conference venues, to overhaul their conference menus and focus on a good selection of food for all delegates.

"We will also re-introduce the ‘Hayley hearts' scheme, a heart food rating system, which will inform delegates how healthy the food is they are eating."

Staples, who was operations and procurement director at Acquire, previously spent 14 years with Hilton in F&B and general manager roles, before a seven-year stint at hotel group Corus as F&B director.

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